The tall claims of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) have fallen flat as the city residents, especially those residing on the first and second floors, are facing acute shortage of water for about a week.
At present the city is getting only 80 Million Gallon Daily (MGD) water from Kajuali waterworks and tubewells against the demand of 116 MGD. There is a gap of 36 MGD in the demand and supply.
Though MC has approved the budget of `22 crore for augmentation of city water supply this year, but things have not changed. Even the officials of MC have shown helplessness, saying they couldn’t do anything as the demand went up every summer.
City is facing shortage of water despite installation of 38 tubewells last year.
The worst affected sectors due to low water pressure are sectors 1 to 12, 15, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 35, 44, 45, 46 and 48 to 51.
However, when contacted, executive engineer (current duty incharge) BK Dhawan said, “The demand has shot up and we do not have enough water to supply leading to low pressure. We will be starting water supply in morning at 2.30 am instead of 3 am, which will continue till 9 am.”
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said, “The poor planning of the civic body had come to the fore. The officers are not serious about solving the problem. Even leakage points are not checked and have failed to monitor the water supply system.”
President, MIG-I houses, Sector 40C, Dilbagh Singh, said, “The MC’s claim of enough water supply has fallen flat. People are facing acute water crunch as the demand is not proportionate to the consumption.”